Logo has programmed a “24 Hour Salute to Great American Cinema” for April 1. Translation: The network will play Showgirls 12 times in a row, starting at 6 a.m. ET. The only thing that would make this better is if the versions alternated between the film in its theatrical glory and its V.I.P. Edition DVD’s trivia track with insights, for example, about the time director Paul Verhoeven offered to give Kyle MacLachlan a ”digital erection.” The actor wisely declined.
The V.I.P. Edition also offers a commentary track by writer David Schmader, who has become (in)famous for hosting ”annotated” Showgirls screenings in Seattle. As I wrote when I road tested that interactive collection, which comes with drinking and ”Pin the Pasties on the Showgirl” games, Schmader knows precisely why this movie is sublime: ”Showgirls triumphs in that every single person involved in the making of the film is making the worst possible decision at every possible time.” He says exactly what you’re thinking when heroine Nomi Malone (Elizabeth Berkley) is having sex in the pool: ”Get her some insulin!” And he almost follows the plot: ”Her life in tatters, her best friend raped, Nomi realizes what must be done — her nails. But these are very special revenge nails.” So let’s go ahead and add that version to the marathon mix as well.
Will you tune in for a day of unabated camp-classic goodness?